Posted Friday, March 26th, 2010

The Morris County Freeholders on March 24 honored 11 veterans for their service to our nation by presenting each of them with the Morris County Distinguished Military Service Medal.

Praising them for their patriotism and sacrifices, Freeholder Director Gene F. Feyl told the veterans the freeholders were honored to pay tribute to individuals who bravely served this country here and abroad, both in wartime and in time of peace.

“We deeply appreciate the hardships you endured while serving so faithfully and standing strong for our country,” Feyl said. “You are among a group of very special Americans we proudly call veterans.”

The freeholders presented medals to Korean War veteran Herbert P. Kean of Morristown; and Vietnam-era veterans Robert G. Caputo of Hopatcong; Ken Hacker of Morris Plains; Richard Kohn of Cedar Knolls; Elston Pirro of Mount Arlington; and Richard Tilney of Columbia, N.J.

Post-Vietnam veterans receiving medals were Russell Redhead of Dover; Karl Vonderheyde of Flanders; Amery E. Vasso of Morristown; and John D. Clark of Rockaway.

A medal was posthumously awarded by the freeholders to World War II veteran Wendell D. Slayton, of Jefferson. His medal was accepted by his wife, former Jefferson Mayor Fran Slayon, and his son, Dewey.

Since the freeholders began honoring Morris County veterans in 2000, more than 8,950 medals have been presented to veterans or to their family members.

More information about the program may be obtained by contacting the Morris County Veterans Service Office at 973-285-6866.